Please note: This concert must unfortunately be cancelled. Tickets may be returned for reimbursement.

Ilan Volkov (photo: James Mollison)

Chamber Music

Tel Aviv – Berlin: Concert cancelled

Due to tightened travel restrictions for Israel as a result of the SARS-CoV-2 (coronavirus), this concert must unfortunately be cancelled without replacement. Tickets already purchased may be returned for reimbursement.

Israel Contemporary Players

Ilan Volkov conductor

Saar Berger french horn

Yaron Deutsch guitar

Ohad Fishof Vocals and electronics

Nico Teen Vocals

Contemporary Israeli Music

Dates and Tickets

Fri, 13 Mar 2020, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:15


Anyone who grew up in Tel Aviv or studied there has their finger on the pulse of time. The city’s vibrant way of life has shaped and continues to shape many composers and musicians, inspiring them to create innovative projects. In 1991, Dan Yuhas, now a composition teacher at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music, founded the Israel Contemporary Players: an ensemble whose mission is not only to perform 20th century chamber music in Israel, but also to promote the country’s musical creativity by commissioning works from contemporary composers. Under the direction of Tel Aviv-born conductor Ilan Volkov, the Israel Contemporary Players present a programme of works by Israel’s leading composers.

Dan Yuhas, Samir Odeh-Tamimi and Chaya Czernowin have long since established themselves on the international music scene with their compositions. Their works can be heard at many major New Music festivals. They regularly write for such renowned orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Saarländischer Rundfunk, WDR and Bayerischer Rundfunk. Samir Odeh-Tamimi, who lives in Berlin, fuses in his works the styles of the Western European avant-garde with Arab musical practice, as in his piece Ahinnuu II, whose title refers to a poem by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. The two works by Chaya Czernowin promise to be an exciting listening experience: Black Flowers for electric guitar as well as the ensemble piece Ayre: Towed, in which “repeated [...] material seems to be dragged on various surfaces” (Czernowin).

Israel's young generation of composers is also represented in this programme: Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari, a student of Rebecca Saunders and adopted Berliner, blurs the boundaries between notation and improvisation in his compositions, combining music and space to create an impressive sound experience. Avshalom Ariel, who studied with Chaya Czernowin among others, as well as Adam Maor, Ohad Fishof and Nico Teen are also part of Israel’s young musical avant-garde and show their joy in musical experimentation in their works.

Ilan Volkov (photo: James Mollison)

Nico Teen: “Where I belong”